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COVID-19 Update (as of April 15, 2020) From Our Executive Director – Julie Faryniarz:
It has been a month since teachers and students interacted face-to-face in the classrooms. With the huge transformation in the educational experience to distance learning, the Greenwich Alliance for Education is pivoting to meet the short- and long-term needs of the Greenwich Public Schools, both for teachers and students.
We are funding school supplies for teachers and students, contributing to the GEA COVID-19 Response Fund, and meeting a request from Dr. Jones and Principal Bartholomew to purchase supplemental books for every student at New Lebanon School.
We continue to focus on the AVID (an Alliance supported program) community – teachers, students, and alums. AVID students represent many of the families who are being provided school lunches and internet hot spots from the District and are receiving food and other services from local agencies. For AVID students and alums, we are enhancing our mentoring program, setting up a job board for money earning projects, continuing to fund our college scholarships and may assist with paying for internet accounts should the need arise. All of these efforts are being coordinated with the talented and dedicated AVID GPS leadership and teacher teams.
Our Tuning In To Music program, which provides free music lessons for students eligible for free or reduced price lunch, has also reinvented itself. The teachers from the CT School of Music are hosting one-to-one Skype calls with their students to continue building their musical skills and confidence. We plan on assembling a virtual recital video at the end of the school year.
Ben Quesnel, Eastern Middle School Art Teacher and Multi-Media Studio Artist, Stacey Cleary, EMS Art Teacher, and Michael Manning, Art Teacher and Red Shoe Studio Artist are creatively reworking the Developing Artist Alliance grant to engage students and to support other living artists by scheduling virtual studio visits and recording interviews for the artists to share their work during this unprecedented time. Students will then have a follow up art project related to the artist’s work.
We thank all of those who are working in healthcare and in the many essential businesses for the benefit of the community. We are looking forward to all reconnecting in the classrooms again. Stay healthy and safe – Julie
Greenwich Education Association
COVID-19 Response Fund
Please consider donating to GEA’s effort to support GPS students and teachers during the coronavirus crisis.
Greenwich Alliance AVID Success Scholarship Fund
Apply Now for Fall Semester
Attention all GHS AVID grads, the scholarship application for the Fall Semester 2020 is now available. Applications due Fri. 6/26/20 by 5:00 pm.
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“Birthday in a Bag” for Needy Children
The Alliance has provided $500 in seed money to this new program. Click below for more details and help make a deserving child’s birthday special!
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2020/2021 School Year Grant Review Update
The review process for submitted grants is currently being done on a virtual basis with award announcements anticipated in June.